Christie Spaces taps Schneider Electric, Dicker Data for co-working data centre

Christie Spaces taps Schneider Electric, Dicker Data for co-working data centre

Australian shared workspace targets IT firms by offsetting colocation need

Credit: Christie Spaces

Christie Spaces has partnered with Schneider Electric to allegedly become the first Australian co-working site offering an on-premises data centre.

The family-owned firm worked with Schneider and Dicker Data to build a six-rack data centre at its Brisbane space, which can be rented out on a package basis ranging from 40 to 400 Mbps.

The move is aimed at IT firms who would normally need to hire colocation spaces outside of their office premises.

According to Schneider, having the centre on-site will reduce firms’ operating costs, while maximising security.

“These benefits are then passed onto their clients, who can now leverage revolutionary co-working technology that will allow them to scale efficiently and access high speeds,” said Dirk Krueger, account director of strategic cloud and colocation providers at Schneider Electric.

The data centre will use Schneider’s edge computing technology, which involves processing data closer to where it is generated and captured.

Further on-site racks and the edge technology are expected to be rolled out to Christie's seven other co-working sites in Australia, starting with Sydney and Melbourne.

Prior to deploying the data centre, Schneider had previously installed APC UPS and cooling solutions at Christie Spaces, as well as their APC racks and power distribution units.

“Christie Spaces members will be among the first shared workspace tenants in Australia to leverage this high-end IT infrastructure on demand and reduce their risk profile, especially in data reliant industries,” co-working space national brand manager Fusun Batey said.

“We have attracted many new markets with more sophisticated data needs, such as app developers, video production, animation, design, data analytics and beyond.”

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